East Kootenay Traffic Services say they haven’t seen an increase in cannabis-impaired driving on our highways since recreational use of the drug was legalized over a month ago.
Sgt. Don Erichsen says the lone instance they dealt with since October 17th concerned a driver improperly transporting cannabis.
“We’ve had one instance where an individual was stopped and was transporting marijuana improperly, that resulted in a charge,” says Erichsen. “Other than that I’m not aware of any additional impaired driving instances that have been found specifically to marijuana.”
Drivers must make sure cannabis is stored properly when driving.
This means cannabis containers must be sealed and legally purchased, if the container is open it should go in your trunk and cannot be within the driver’s reach.
Erichsen says police are still getting comfortable with the new legislation and are waiting for new tools to target drug impaired drivers, but concedes there hasn’t been a spike in cannabis-impaired drivers on East Kootenay highways since the new legislation took effect.
“I’m not saying that it’s not out there, and of course beginning at the end of November we’re moving into the counter-attack season and police officers will be out there targeting impaired driving.”
He says drivers in our community deserve credit for the way they’ve been handling cannabis legalization.
– Sgt. Don Erichsen – RCMP, East Kootenay Traffic Services